Eagles coach Andy Reid returned to the team’s training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday, a day after his 29-year-old son’s funeral, saying it’s ‘‘the right thing to do.’’
Garrett Reid, the oldest of five children of Andy and Tammy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room at Lehigh University where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during camp.
Andy Reid was back on the sideline for a walkthrough Wednesday and plans to coach the preseason opener against Pittsburgh Thursday night.
‘‘You feel the strength of the team,’’ Reid said when asked why he came back so soon. ‘‘I felt it with my family the past couple of days, and I feel it with the team. I'm a football coach, that’s what I do, and I know my son wouldn’t want it any other way. I can’t put it to you any more frank than that. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles. I know what he would want me to do.’’
More than 900 people, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, general managers and coaches from other teams, and current and former players, attended the funeral service Tuesday.
‘‘I'm a very humble man standing before you,’’ Reid said. ‘‘I'm humble because of the outpouring not only from the media but from our football team and the fans. It was unbelievable. I'm not sure you ever think that many people care. A very humbling feeling. I know my son would feel the same way. I think that’s all I can say on that part and keep it all together.’’
Garrett Reid was a recovering drug addict who had seemingly turned his life around. But his father indicated that his son may have had a relapse. An official cause of death hasn’t been determined yet.
‘‘It’s a sad situation and it’s one that my son has been battling for a number of years,’’ Reid said. ‘‘Our family has been battling. It doesn’t mean you stop loving your son. You love him and a lot of families deal with this type of thing. It’s a sad situation.
Bills’ future at issue
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of a sports expert to advise the state of New York in its efforts to secure the Bills’ future in the western part of the state.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer said he has asked the National Football League for changes in a stadium renovation loan program that he said would advance the same goal.
The moves come as negotiations are under way between the Bills and Erie County and New York state to extend the Bills’ lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in suburban Buffalo. The current deal expires in July 2013.
Trent Richardson’s ailing left knee may be more seriously injured than the Browns thought.
The team issued a one-sentence statement saying that the running back, picked No. 3 overall in April’s draft, will see a specialist Thursday. The statement said: ‘‘Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.’’
Richardson, who played at Alabama, had an MRI in Cleveland on Tuesday. Results have not been revealed. He is going to see Andrews for a second opinion. Andrews has been Richardson’s surgeon since the running back was a high school star. He performed the surgery to repair a torn meniscus in February. In most cases after such an operation, swelling in the knee is not uncommon.
Raiders’ Goodson OK
The Raiders are relieved running back Mike Goodson’s neck injury isn’t too serious. Goodson sat out of practice Wednesday with lingering soreness, a day after being hospitalized with a neck injury following a scary training camp hit . . . The Lions lost the quarterback of their secondary, leaving one of the team’s weakest units from last season shorthanded. Safety Louis Delmas had surgery on his knee Tuesday and will be evaluated weekly, coach Jim Schwartz said . . . The Panthers forced veteran wideout Steve Smith to sit out of practice one day after he bruised his left knee.
Terrell Owens returned to an NFL practice field for the first time since late in the 2010 season when the receiver jogged on to the field at Seahawks headquarters in Renton, Wash., with a throng of media waiting to document every move the five-time All-Pro and now 38-year-old made on his first day back in the NFL. There were highlights — a long catch down the sideline during one team drill. There were also humbling moments when he couldn’t break loose of cornerback Brandon Browner and got a facemask full of grass . . . Goodell said Shannon Eastin could be the first of several female game officials in the league. Eastin is a replacement line judge who will make her NFL debut in Thursday night’s Green Bay at San Diego exhibition game. The regular officials are locked out by the league after their contract expired. ‘‘I think it’s a great opportunity for her, and for us,’’ Goodell said. ‘‘She deserves the opportunity, she’s well prepared for it, and I think she'll do terrific.’’